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Wait, why is he being allowed to serve his suspension as a free agent when Manny had to sign with a team before he could start serving?
I grew to loathe watching him hit in 2011 and earlier this year with the Cubs. It was like he couldn't wait to ground out and get back to the bench.
I assumecif you retire you're no longer in the union. Whereas Byrd is still covered by the CBA, even if not currently under contract.
The same Manny who got could have served out his suspension and then retired (as opposed to Byrd, who was a FA first)? And the same Manny who got his 100-day ban shortened to 50 games? As victims of unfairness go, he doesn't.
MLB had to take this action, otherwise any FA who tests positive could end up with a de facto lifetime ban
As a Cub fan I'd like to know if this saves us btwn 1.5-2 mil this year since these suspensions are unpaid. He was making 6.5 mil this year and the Cubs were to pay most of the remaining money owed to him this year.
If he had reported the Tamoxifen before the test with a note from his doctor, would he have been OK?
for someone who does not normally follow the ins and outs of suspensions and roster stuff, this quote is a little confusing. when you say "this action" you are referring to Byrd as a free agent under suspension? Not sure what the defacto lifetime ban is referring to.
Interesting. He was horrible for the Sox too but I always thought he was playing with a lot of energy and desire. Did the Aceves beaning just mess him up? It looks like he was having a pretty decent season last year until that happened. He would certainly not be the first player whose career spiraled down after getting beaned.
Split PA BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbipApril/March 111 3 20 .287 .306 .361 .667 .352May 71 2 16 .344 .408 .516 .924 .422July 100 6 14 .323 .370 .495 .865 .364August 114 7 17 .250 .301 .346 .647 .279Sept/Oct 86 7 11 .182 .256 .286 .542 .185
The beaning was May 21, and he missed all of June. It's certainly possible that he lost something with the beaning. The problem is that if you look at his monthly splits, it looks like his collapse occurred quite suddenly but somewhat after his return from the DL. Was the good part of the season a BABIP mirage? Did he screw himself up somehow, maybe from worrying about the strikeouts? Is it just small sample fluctuations?
He would certainly not be the first player whose career spiraled down after getting beaned.
Along the lines of 11, the excerpt says he will lose 50 games of pay. I assume that is the difference. He will not be paid for almost a third of the season. That's a pretty healthy punishment, I'd say.
I'd also say this would be incentive for a team to get a guy to fail a test if they want to release him. The Sox save some money here.
The Cubs aren't getting any financial relief from Marlon Byrd's 50-game suspension for taking a banned substance, despite the team having to pay most of the remaining money on Byrd's $6 million salary when he was traded to Boston. The Red Sox would've gotten out of paying Byrd for the 50 lost games had he still been on their roster, but since he was released two weeks ago, Byrd gets all the money he was owed, despite being suspended. [Cubs GM Jed] Hoyer declined to discuss Byrd's situation, other than saying he was "still trying to get to the bottom of the situation."
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